Archive for May, 2010
This here blog has been a bit rubbish recently, hasn’t it? Too many dammed YouTube videos, not enough reviews of exciting new electronica LPs. Mostly, it’s been down to connect_icut/CSAF-related busyness, which is a pretty good reason, wouldn’t you say? Sadly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. But this time it’s all down to a family vacation, which is an even better reason, wouldn’t you agree?
Will this make it any better: an obscure indie pop gem by an undeservedly overlooked Australian band from the ’90s? Dig that crazy sea shanty!
Not good enough, you say? Well then, how about some links to notable recent posts that you may have missed?
What do you mean “pathetic”? Okay, okay, how about this here blog’s mix CD for summer 2010? Sure, it’s not really summer yet but some of us are taking our summer vacations now and you do seem to be getting rather impatient. So, you can download the whole thing by clicking on this link right here or simply listen to individual songs by clicking on the track-listing below (except for the mysterious first track – you’ll have to grab the whole mix to find out what that is!)
1. Mystery track
Satisfied now? Too much indie rock??? Tough!
Back in three weeks.
“Dead Beat Descendent”, performed live in the studio for Snub TV, which was a great show (if memory serves).
We are very much enjoying the 180g white vinyl re-issue of Sonic Youth’s Confusion is Sex that we scored at Zulu a couple of weeks ago.
Oh and the 180g marbled pink vinyl re-issue of Evol we scored at Red Cat is pretty sweet too.
Don’t forget about this…
Dr. Dad’s Sound Lab
Blim (115 East Pender, Vancouver)
More great Fake Sleep images at Steve Louie’s Flickr page.
When browsing at your local vinyl emporium, the descriptions you see on the sleeves of records will – more often than not – be copied and pasted straight from the Internet, with few alterations and no credit given to the original writer. Take it from one who’s done this many times. All well and good – just don’t assume that said writer will never notice.
A scrappy cassette release is not the sort of thing you’d normally expect from Fennesz – a man who, by habit, likes to digitally craft his solo albums over a period of several years. Clearly then, this extremely limited-edition cassette, from Touch-affiliated label The Tape Worm, is something of an anomaly in Fennesz’s discography. As such, it casts light on a few of the lesser-known artefacts lurking in the dark corners his sound-world.
The concept seems to be that Fennesz has dumped all of the sounds that were sitting on his old Ensoniq hardware samplers onto a cassette tape and made the results available to the world. Said results work surprisingly well, on a musical level, though – Szampler comprises a series of murkily intimate sonic vignettes that have that distinct “reading under the covers” aura about them.
The real surprise, though, is how many recognizable snippets of Fennesz’s classic albums crop up here. One would have been forgiven for thinking that, following his debut EP Instrument, Fennesz abandoned hardware samplers completely, in favour of Mac laptops and Max/MSP. However, this release makes it clear that he has continued to run sounds through his samplers, presumably to utilize the signature low-resolution Ensoniq sound (which is perfect for his aesthetic). So, for example, the riff from Endless Summer‘s “A Year in a Minute” is clearly audible in this extract from near the beginning of side one (and it reappears, in a much less processed form, around the middle of side two).
This review should have come a lot earlier. Szampler arrived at Bubblegum Cage III’s palatial offices some weeks ago but busyness prevented this post from showing up until now. In the interim, Szampler seems to have gone waaay out of print. Sorry about that.
The usual disclaimers apply – this is a personal selection of favourite songs, which – broadly speaking – share an aesthetic and a historical legacy. It is not an attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of any particular scene or era.
It’s also worth noting that certain bands (Papa Sprain, Flying Saucer Attack, Bowery Electric…) were excluded because they might be better placed on one of this here blog’s famous post-rock compilations.
Here’s the track-listing. Click on the individual songs to listen or
click here to download the first half and here to download the second. These are Mediafire links and they will expire but you can feel free to report broken links. We’ll see what we can do.
Edit, December 28th 2010: After a recent surge of interest in this compilation (one might almost be tempted to use the word “viral”) this here blog has decided to replace the old links with permanent, non-expiring alternatives. Click here to download the first half and click here to download the second half. Goodness knows quite why this particular comp has become so popular. In retrospect, the second half is a bit patchy and the post-rock mixes should be far more interesting or at least far less obvious.